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Protect Your Family From Fire and Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

November 7th, 2012by Kent Edwardsin Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

New Roofs Create Hidden Risk of Fire

OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma (November 2, 2012) – There is an increased risk of residential house fires this year in Oklahoma City.  Due to recent hail storms, approximately 100,000 roofs have been replaced in the Metro area and many have a hidden danger.

It is very common during the roof replacement process for gas vents which connect to heaters and hot water tanks to come ajar; these vents are often disconnected completely.  It has been estimated that over 50% of homes with new roofs have this problem.  This presents an increased danger of fire for homeowners who have recently had their roof replaced.  In addition, CO2 and CO exposure can occur which is of particular concern if children are in the home.

If a roof replacement has occurred, it is important to have all gas vents inspected.  It is more than reasonable to ask your roofing contractor to inspect all vent pipe connections.  He should do this for no charge.  Ask your roofer to take a digital picture of all gas vent stacks in the attic and where they join the heating device.  Request a copy of the photos whether the vents are connected or not.

Vent pipes that have become separated or damaged in any way should be repaired immediately.  If the roofing contractor is not available to do this inspection, contact a reputable heat and air company.

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